I have had the pleasure of designing the website for the National Weather Center Benefit Bash since its inception. The real work, though, is done by the amazing planning committee. They put together the Benefit Bash in order to promote an awareness of weather related natural disasters through aiding those affected by them. The first Benefit Bash was held in 2009 and donated $550 to a victim of the Lone Grove, Oklahoma tornado. In 2010 the Bash Committee presented $1600 to the Heart of Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist their winter storm recovery efforts. Last year, the Bash Committee donated $1800 to the Heart of Oklahoma Chapter to assist victims of the May 10, 2010 Oklahoma tornadoes.
The 4th Annual Benefit Bash will be held this Saturday, February 11, from 7:00p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The night will feature great music - including a live performance from Thundersnow Machine - dancing, games, and prizes. The theme is “Under the Sea” and attire is semi-formal. Due to space constraints, participants are limited to OU’s South Research Campus faculty, staff, students, and their guests. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance1 or at the door. Raffle prize entries are $1 each, with donors receiving recognition at the event.
Proceeds will be donated to the Piedmont Service Center. The Piedmont Service Center is an all-volunteer social service agency that is tasked with long-term relief in the Piedmont area, which was hit by an EF-5 tornado on May 24, 2011. The Piedmont Service Center’s main concern is housing residents who lost their homes to the tornado, half of whom are still without housing.
Additional information can be found on the Benefit Bash webpage. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact the planning committee. Any amount is greatly appreciated and would really help an awesome group.
So, make Barney Stinson proud and suit up, dance, and support a worthwhile cause. This year’s Bash is sure to be legen – wait for it – dary.
- Tickets will be sold throughout this week in front of the Dean’s Office on the 1st floor of the National Weather Center. [return]